Costly shopping mistakes: Five errors that waste shoppers cash and time

Chances are you’re making some shopping mistakes that waste both your time and your cash.  Problem Solver Jamil Donith alerts us to five costly errors and how to avoid them.  It takes the guess work out of getting the best deals for your hard earned dollars.

Allision Lapka lets her children toss coins in the shopping mall fountain. That’s not the only money Lapka is throwing away. She is also loses money when she shops.

The mother of three says she tries to find sales, but doesn’t always choose the stores that could save her the most.   

“I don’t usually do the dollar stores unless I need wrapping paper or small things like that.”

Chances are you’re making some shopping mistakes that waste both your time and your cash. Here are five costly errors shoppers oftentimes make and how you can avoid them. 

1. OVERLOOKING DOLLAR STORES. 

The Dollar Tree, where everything is a dollar or less, carries brand names like Healthy Choice, Post Cereals, Betty Crocker, Hefty, Advil and Coalgate. There are even frozen foods from brands like Banquet and Ore-Ida.  

Couponing guru, Rachel Krych says in her blog “Couponing with Rachel” that Dollar Tree now takes manufacturer’s coupons. So, if products are $1 and you have a dollar-off coupon, you can get the item for free.

2. NOT USING APPS

Krych uses apps like Ibotta and Checkout51, where shoppers can buy an item, scan the receipt, and get money back.

3. SKIPPING WAREHOUSE WEBSITES

Often, places like Costco and Sam’s Club only have room for so many big items in the store like patio furniture. So instead of putting the merchandise in the stores they’ll offer exclusive online deals.

You will not only get what you want at a good price, it saves you the hassle of figuring out a way to get it from the store to your house. 

4. NOT HAGGLING

Most of us are willing to haggle over the price of a car or maybe furniture. But, business expert Dr. Elad Granot says you can try haggling for just about any purchase, even your utility bills. 

“Call that supplier and say, ‘Look, I’m paying way too much. Do you have anything to offer?’ I think you’ll be surprised… Many will say, ‘Actually, we do.’”

5.  OVERLOADING ON GROCERIES AT THE DRUG STORE

According to Granot, most drug stores charge you for the convenience of picking up groceries. Krych’s advice: Watch for sales at drug stores and use coupons. You may even want to join the store’s rewards program to get discounts and the best deals when using coupons.

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